Welcome to the Department of Public Health
The public health programs at Western Kentucky University prepare students to face the challenges of existing and emerging health concerns, locally and globally, and enable students to apply critical thinking skills to address and resolve these complex health issues.
Our Mission: Prepare highly competent, public health practitioners through instruction, research and service, and to enhance the health status and quality of life of diverse populations in local, state, national, and global communities.
Public health is a field that offers a wide array of job opportunities to suit a variety of interests and skills. Whether you are interested in managing data and crunching numbers, conducting research or working with people, there is a place for you in this field. Public health is ideal for individuals who gain satisfaction knowing that they are working to improve the lives of others.
At WKU, students learn from expert faculty. All public health faculty hold top academic credentials and professional qualifications in public health and related disciplines. We also recognize there is much we can learn from those who are health practitioners. By combining industry knowledge with academic credentials, students learn firsthand from practicing public health experts, attorneys, environmental health specialists, emergency managers, and healthcare administrators with many years of experience in public health, environmental health, and the healthcare industry.
What is Public Health?
Public health is the science of protecting and improving the health of families and communities through promotion of healthy lifestyles, research for disease and injury prevention and detection and control of infectious diseases.
The field of public health is constantly evolving in response to the needs of communities and populations around the world. The underlying mission of public health is to improve the conditions and behaviors that affect health so that all people can attain it.
If you are wondering whether the Public Health profession is for you, consider the below:
Your Public Health career starts here, submit your application to WKU today!
Department of Public Health Sponsors Applied Epidemiology Training On Friday, January 27, The Public Health Undergraduate-Graduate Associated Students (PHUGAS)
sponsored WKU's first ever Kentucky Public Health Assistance and Support Team (K-PHAST) training.
Public Health Students Put Spotlight on Global Health for International Education Week The event, The Bigger Picture: Public Health from Global Perspectives, gave international students from various public health disciplines the opportunity to share aspects of their culture and to teach about some of the major health issues in their countries.
The Kentucky Public Health Association (KPHA) at WKU wins Best Student Chapter Award for the 8th Consecutive Year in 2016
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